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Why we have to stay in Iraq

 

The people of Iraq are depending on us. The population of Iraq is estimated at well over twenty-seven million; twenty-seven million of our fellow human beings that have had their country and their lives turned upside down by this war; twenty-seven million; twenty-seven million people that are only going to be affected negatively by our withdrawal from their country in its current state.

You don't have to believe that us going into Iraq was a good idea in the first place, I certainly don't believe that it was. But that does not change the fact that we are now in Iraq and that those twenty-seven million Iraqi children, women, and men, both young and old and every age in between, are in a much worse situation than we are.

We are certainly going to be affected as well: There is a huge cost to us staying in Iraq for the long haul, a cost of many American lives and a large amount of Americans tax dollars. But it is the Iraqi people that are going to end up paying the greatest price, a far greater price than we could possibly imagine, if we choose to abandon them and their country, leaving them with the mess that we have started.

It doesn't matter why we are in Iraq now, or why we went there in the beginning. Yes, we all know that Barack Obama voted against going to war with Iraq; we all know that Hillary Clinton voted to go to war with Iraq; and we all know that it was the idea of the Republicans, George Bush, and Dick Chaney in the first place, but none of the matters any longer. The reality of the situation is that there are millions and millions of innocent Iraqi civilians, people just like you and I, that are going to end up paying the real cost of this war. Think of those people the next time you are discussing, listening to, or reading something about the war in Iraq. Think of those people the next time you hear a person or a politician say that we need to abandon Iraq.

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